The Use of Dual-handset Interpreter Phones in an Inpatient Setting to Improve Communication With Limited English Proficiency Patients at MSKCC
This trial is active, not recruiting.
|Condition||inpatients with limited english proficiency|
|Treatments||patient survey, provider survey|
|Sponsor||Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center|
|Start date||February 2014|
|End date||February 2018|
|Trial size||40 participants|
|Trial identifier||NCT02073903, 14-042|
The purpose of this study is to introduce new technology and interpreter practices in the inpatient setting at MSKCC. We plan to install dual handset phones at the bedsides of limited English proficiency (LEP) patients and to assess the impact on both patient and physician communication effectiveness with this technology.
|Intervention model||single group assignment|
Patient communication effectiveness
time frame: 1 year
Physician and nurse communication effectiveness
time frame: 1 year
All participants at least 18 years old.
- LEP patients identified by the Department of Interpreter Services at MSKCC admitted to the Hepatobiliary surgery service, the Colorectal Surgery service the GMT surgery service, GI, GU, Breast, General Medicine, Leukemia, or Lymphoma services with a primary language of Spanish, Russian, or Chinese.
- LEP patients who are expected to have at least a two days hospital course.
- Patients who are alert and oriented to person, place, and time as determined by the medical doctor taking care of the patient
- Patients who are willing to participate and complete the survey
- Patients whose physicians and nurses are willing to participate
- Only persons ≥ 18 will be included and there will be no children.
- Providers must be willing to participate and complete the survey
- TY interns cannot complete provider surveys
- Patients on contact isolation
- Patients who previously completed the survey
|Official title||The Use of Dual-handset Interpreter Phones in an Inpatient Setting to Improve Communication With Limited English Proficiency Patients at MSKCC|
|Principal investigator||Chhavi Kumar, MD|
|Description||During the first 5-6 weeks of the study there will be no intervention and standard of care will be conducted as usual practice by the medicine teams at MSKCC. It is expected that during that time they will care for at least 20 LEP patients who meet our inclusion criteria. There are no specific target numbers for any of the included languages. During the following 5-6 weeks, the phones will be installed by the 10 house-staff teams and approximately an additional 20 LEP patients who meet the protocol inclusion criteria will be enrolled. Therefore, in the first half of this study about 20 LEP patients and 40 practitioners (two practitioners per LEP patient) will provide data and the same numbers will account for the second half of the study after the intervention is instituted. There will be no randomization of patients or physicians. The only data that will be analyzed are those questions from the surveys to assess communication effectiveness with LEP patients. The number of patients who are interviewed will depend on MSKCC inpatient census at the time of study.|
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